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Don’t Feed the Russian Troll Hysteria: New at Reason

According to a federal indictment unveiled on Friday, Russians who pretended to be Americans while participating in online political discourse during the last few years committed a bunch of felonies. Whether they accomplished anything else of significance is by no means clear, Jacob Sullum says, notwithstanding all the scary talk about “information warfare” that supposedly […]

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Disarming ‘Individuals With Mental Illness’ Would Affect a Quarter of the Population

Susan Stocker/TNS/Newscom”How do we make sure that individuals with mental illness do not touch a gun?” Florida Gov. Rick Scott asked yesterday, responding to the shooting that killed 17 people at a Broward County high school on Wednesday. The question, reminiscent of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s demand for “an active national database of […]

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An ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban Won’t Stop Mass Shootings

Richard Graulich/ZUMA Press/NewscomYesterday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has predictably provoked renewed calls, long on outrage and short on logic, for a federal ban on so-called assault weapons. “We don’t want your prayers,” writes New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi, responding to Donald Trump’s post-massacre tweet. “What we […]

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Jeff Sessions’ Advice to Pain Patients: ‘Take Some Aspirin’ and ‘Tough It Out’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a well-known admirer of Nancy Reagan’s recommendation that kids “just say no” to drugs. It turns out he applies that advice not only to curious teenagers but also to people suffering from severe pain. “I am operating on the assumption that this country prescribes too many opioids,” Sessions said during […]

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Despite Tough Talk, Oregon’s U.S. Attorney Doesn’t Plan to Shut Down the Pot Industry

In the month since Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Justice Department guidelines that discouraged prosecution of state-legal marijuana merchants, only one U.S. attorney, Oregon’s Billy Williams, has publicly suggested he might respond by enforcing the federal ban on cannabis more aggressively. But judging from a meeting Williams held last Friday, he has no plans to […]

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9th Circuit Revives Suit by Couple Whose Children Were Seized Over Bathtime Photos

Brandon K. / YelpYesterday a federal appeals court revived an Arizona couple’s lawsuit against two social workers who removed their three daughters from their custody for a month based on innocuous bathtime photos that were deemed “sexually explicit.” The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which rejected a federal judge’s […]

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Most U.S. Attorneys in States With Legal Pot Don’t Seem to Be Planning a Crackdown

The federal government “shutdown” that ended yesterday highlighted the tenuous legal position of state-licensed marijuana merchants, who are worried about a possible crackdown in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ January 4 memo rescinding guidelines that had discouraged federal prosecutors from targeting them. The new continuing resolution, which expires on February 8, renewed the spending […]

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Study of Postsurgical Patients Shows Addiction to Pain Pills Is Rare

A new BMJ study of patients who received opioid analgesics after surgery, touted as evidence of how risky such prescriptions are, actually shows how rarely people become addicted in the course of treatment for acute pain. Tracking 568,612 opioid-naive patients who took prescription pain medication following surgery, Boston surgeon Gabriel Brat and his colleagues found […]

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